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TV presenter

Alternative titles for this job include Television presenter, TV broadcaster

TV presenters introduce and host programmes, interview people and report on issues and events.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

45 to 47 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

How to become

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How to become a TV presenter, TV broadcaster

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering
  • specialist subject knowledge

University

You could get a degree that will teach you some of the skills and knowledge needed to become a TV presenter. Some relevant subjects include:

  • media production
  • drama or performing arts
  • journalism or broadcast journalism
  • media or communication studies

Many other degree subjects can also be useful. For example, in some presenting roles you may need specialist subject knowledge like:

  • science
  • history
  • economics
  • politics

You can find out about courses that are endorsed by the TV and film industry skills body,  ScreenSkills.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You could take your first step into TV work through the following advanced apprenticeships:

  • broadcast production assistant
  • junior content producer

Higher apprenticeships in journalism may also help, like:

  • journalist
  • senior journalist

With experience and further training you may be able to move into TV presenting.

Entry requirements

Most people following this route have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

Presenters often move into TV from other media jobs like journalism and research, or from presenting on radio or online.

You may be able to start off in jobs like production runner or researcher and work your way up with experience and further training.

Volunteering

You could get presenting experience through:

Look out for:

  • work experience placements
  • insight and talent days
  • internship schemes

These may help you get into the industry.

You can search for opportunities with organisations like:

Other Routes

If you have detailed knowledge of a subject like sport, gardening, food or science, you might find work as an expert contributor, presenting or co-presenting programmes with an experienced professional.

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Career tips

Some broadcasters hold competitions to find new presenters. 

You'll usually need a showreel, with clips of yourself on camera, to give to broadcasters, producers or media recruitment agencies.

You will need to audition and take a screen test.

Competition is strong, so you'll need determination, persistence and the ability to promote yourself.

Jobs are not always advertised, so you need to make industry contacts to find out who is hiring.

Further information

You'll find more details about working in TV and the media through:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • concentration skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your daily tasks would depend on the type of show you present, but you may:

  • work on live or pre-recorded programmes
  • meet with the production team to go through the running order
  • be briefed by researchers, or prepare your own scripts, links and interview questions
  • rehearse
  • present your show, read from an autocue, interview guests or work with a studio audience
  • react to instructions given to you through an earpiece by the director or floor manager
  • go through several 'takes' if necessary

Working environment

You could work at a TV studio.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You may be able to move from freelance contracts to a full-time, paid role with a TV channel.

You could move from smaller, or regional TV productions to national and international TV work.

You may be able to go from lower budget programmes to presenting on prime-time TV.

With an established TV career, you could move into other media work like radio, acting or writing for newspapers and magazines.

With experience, you could also choose to move into other areas within the media industry like production.

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